Boy Scouts Correct Cablers on Gay Falsehood

Contrary to false impressions that gay activists went on to CNN and MSNBC to try and drive on Thursday morning, Patrick Burke at CNSNews.com reports the Boy Scouts of America are not reconsidering their ban on homosexual scout leaders.

When the BSA specifically contacted MSNBC to correct the gay-left publicity line, anchor Thomas Roberts then went on air Thursday morning and asserted that the gays were about to “break news,” but now the Scouts are trying to “drive the conversation”....with the facts. The statement read:


“Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is ‘reviewing’ a policy or signal a change in direction,” according to an official statement from the Boy Scouts of America national office.

“The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization,” reads the statement.  “The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”

Roberts interviewed gay activist and Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, author of the current Ellen DeGeneres-endorsed book My Two Moms:

THOMAS ROBERTS: You were scheduled to come on here, break this news about the scouts reviewing this policy as well as news that they’d vote on it in 2013. The BSA got wind of it, came out in advance of the news. And as we've seen, it looks like they're trying to drive the conversation, denying that this petition you delivered on behalf of Jennifer Tyrrell has any influence on this decision coming up. What is your reaction to that?

ZACH WAHLS: We knew this was going to be their response, as soon as they heard the story was breaking...

What? So the gay activists put out a publicity line they knew was false – that the BSA was “considering” a policy change – to get on cable news and sell their agenda. Then supportive anchors failed to call them on it, preferring to keep sticking it to the Boy Scouts.

On CNN’s Starting Point, anchor Soledad O’Brien interviewed Tyrrell, the lesbian former Scout leader, but seemed less annoyed that the BSA was correcting the record: “At a national meeting last week in Orlando Scout leadership was presented with a petition with more than 275,000 signatures demanding that the group end its exclusive policy against homosexuals. A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts  says they are going to review the resolution but absolutely no change for now.”
 

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis